Rallies, marches, fear, sanity, insanity, fall foliage, ghosts, Halloween and lots more. The outdoor activities in this final weekend of October in the DC area in that nexus when we have professional football, basketball, and hockey still happening with the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL. Will Gilbert Arenas show up to Stewart’s rally? To Colbert’s? Will he have a fake or real injury? Read on to find out or at least to keep fear alive!
1. AT: We started again in Washington Monument State Park in Maryland and this time headed South on the Appalachian Trail for a great 9 mile round trip fall hike that included a Civil War battlefield where two generals perished, plenty of fall foliage, a an old stone church, some great views at the stone church next to Route 40 / the Old National Pike, and a turnaround at place called Lamb’s Knoll. The whole hike is here on gmaps with a couple of Civil War pics below.
2. Haunted Parks: The great Chesapeake Conservancy points out another great Halloween event at the Spooky Spirits of Point Lookout. Visit one of the Chesapeake’s spookiest spots for some good old-fashioned ghost stories. Point Lookout State Park is full of mysteries and – just maybe – supernatural residents, including Civil War soldiers and lighthouse keepers. Check out some of the eerie tales. October 29 and 30, tours run from 7 pm to 10 pm. Advance ticket purchases are recommended. $10/person in advance, $15/person at the gate. Point Lookout State Park. Point Lookout, Maryland.
3. Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity / Stephen Colbert‘s March to Keep Fear Alive: Will there be marching, rallying, or fear? I don’t think anything of the sort can be guaranteed, but this event on the National Mall on Saturday October 30th, from 12pm to 3 pm is expected to draw hundreds of thousands to spirited performances from Jon Steward and his fake conservative alter ego Stephen Colbert as well as rumored drop ins from The Roots, Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, and maybe, just maybe, Stewart’s fellow Jersey native Bruuuuuuuuuuuce Springsteen.
4. Volunteer for a campaign! The last weekend in October doesn’t just bring DC a fake Stewart / Colbert fight on our National Park land, it’s also the weekend before the midterm election where Democrats need your help. The President’s campaign crew is leading some GOTV (Get Out the Vote) efforts. You can sign up here to help President Obama keep a Democratic House and Senate or just sign up with your own local candidate’s campaign: http://my.barackobama.com/page/s/GOTVDC.
- Jon Stewart and the Politics of Sanity: Comity Tomorrow, Comedy Tonight (politicsdaily.com)
- Jon Stewart Rally: Tentative Schedule Leaks (cbsnews.com)
- Democrats look to take advantage of Stewart rally (thehill.com)
- Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart Show Up In NYT Crossword Puzzle (VIDEO) (huffingtonpost.com)